Evan Daniels on Skal Labissiere: "He's thinking the game ... not just playing basketball."

12/30/2015 05:36 PM

LEXINGTON — The former No. 1 overall recruiting prospect has lost his confidence and identity during through the first 12 games of his freshman campaign at the University of Kentucky, but is there still time for Skal Labissiere to find his game before the end of the season?

  • “To be honest, [Labissiere] doesn’t look like the same player,” Evan Daniels, Director of Basketball Recruiting at Scout.com, told KSTV on Wednesday’s show. “I put a lot of thought into this, and I haven’t been able to be my finger on it. Maybe he’s not the player we thought he was, but there’s still a lot of ability there. Anybody giving up on Skal this early is making a bad decision.”

According to Daniels, at 6-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Labissiere definitely lacks the toughness and physical build to compete against other top Division-1 post players, but the biggest road block is all in Skal’s head.

  • “This is the first time he’s really been challenged,” Daniels said of Labissiere, who moved from Haiti to the United States when he was in eight grade and played at private prep academy schools in Memphis before joining UK. “He’s always been able to rely on his natural ability, and this is the first time it’s not coming easy to him. Part of the problem right now is he’s not playing in the game; he’s thinking the game. He’s not just playing basketball … He’s going to have to get tougher, and he’s going to have to get stronger.”

Click below to watch KSTV’s full discussion with Evan Daniels on Labissiere, shooting improvements for Isaiah Briscoe, and the recent scoring hot streak from 2016 UK commitment Malik Monk:

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